Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

“I try to imagine what it was like for Mary, and my guess is that her experience at the empty tomb is a lot like what many of us are experiencing these days. We may feel disoriented and adrift, we may be furious about what has been taken from us, or about who did this, or who didn’t do that, we may be grieving and sad unlike anything we have known before. We may be grappling with the uncertainty of what the future might hold.

I imagine that Mary, because of her tears, can literally not tell that the two beings sitting inside the empty tomb are angels. A moment later, through these same tears, she can’t even tell that Jesus is right there in front of her. She is so wrapped up in her grief, so caught up in her sense of loss and despair that she thinks he is the gardener. So many emotions must be swirling for Mary. And what happen next is life changing for Mary — and for us if we are willing to hear it. The risen Jesus calls to her by name.”

 

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